Playwright Kate Hewlett and actors Andrew Pifko and Janet Porter made The Swearing Jar one of this year’s best Fringe shows.
The Fringe celebrated its 20th anniversary with a solid festival of 145 shows – three dropped out from the initially announced 148 – and weather that wasn’t too hot, even in the most stifling of the venues. And, except for the torrential downpour Tuesday night, the rain cooperated, too. We worried about Melissa D’Agostino performing Lupe: Undone, on the loading dock of Honest Ed’s, but some prescient sense made her schedule that Tuesday as a night off.
Attendance was up, with nearly 58,000 tickets sold and a box office of over $445,000 all of which the companies pocketed.The festival felt more manageable this year, even with BYOVs and regular venues typically spread across the western part of town, from the Tarragon Theatre in the north to Factory Theatre in the south. New executive director Gideon Arthurs had everything flowing smoothly.
If you didn’t catch some of the most popular shows – including Wake, Lupe: Undone, The Swearing Jar, Nursery School Musical, Gameshow: The Musical, The Christian Republican Fundraiser In Dayton Tennessee and One-Woman Show – they’re held over in The Best Of The Fringe. Productions run in rep at the Diesel Playhouse through July 27.
Here’s NOW’s annual list of Fringe highlights.
OUTSTANDING NEW PLAYS
The Barbecue King; The Swearing Jar
The Barbecue King; Taking Liberties; Gameshow: The Musical; Die Roten Punkte; American Squatter; One-?Woman Show; The Swearing Jar; Lupe: Undone; Acis And Galatea; Opera On The Rocks
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTIONS FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
Morro And Jasp Go Green; The Three Magic Wishes
Lisa Sheerin (Dogs Barking); Kara Wilkinson (Ike And Pearl); Matthew Gorman (Rum And Vodka); Melissa D’Agostino (Lupe: Undone); TJ Dawe (Totem Figures); Gemma Wilcox (The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over); Greg Landucci (Mr. Fox); Moynan King (Tyrolia)
Morro And Jasp Go Green; The Barbecue King; Taking Liberties; Binary; Gameshow: The Musical; Bluebeard; Wake; The Swearing Jar; Baggage; Bondage; Opera On The Rocks; The Faith Show; You Mean Now?; Rule Of Thumb; About An Hour; Einstein’s Wife; Unbearable Prospect
Sue Miner (The Barbecue King); Kelly Straughan (Wake); Geoffrey Pounsett (The Swearing Jar); Patrick Young (Acis And Galatea); Liza Balkan (On The Rocks)
Patrick Young (Acis And Galatea)